A whole lot of optional features just became standard quipment for VWs.
Volkswagen has announced a load of changes for the 2023 model year. VW was also quick to point out that all of its models have been "introduced, redesigned or refreshed in the previous two model years." According to the Wolfsburg, Germany-based brand, that means the lineup should be nice and fresh across the board.
Take the VW Arteon for example. It now gets LED headlights, foglights, adaptive front lighting, a front light bar, and a power hatch as standard. It'll also get a heated steering wheel, Dynamic Road Sign Display, and IQ.DRIVE driver assistance technology as standard. It also adds new 20-inch wheels to SEL R-Line models with 20-inch wheels and black carbon trim combined with ambient lighting to SEL Premium R-Line Models. But that's just the start for VW's massive 2023 MY changes.
The Atlas and Atlas CrossSport get similar changes, in addition to VW's now lineup-standard digital gauges. You can, however, upgrade an SE model with a Technology pack for the 10.25-inch screen. The 2.0-liter Atlas will start at $36,400, or $36,500 with AWD. VW adds its latest VR6 engine for SE models with the Tech pack, starting at $40,520 (FWD) or $42,420 (AWD). The CrossSport is a hair cheaper, for the same options. Here's how the pricing scales: $33,910, $35,810, $39,830, and finally, $41,730 for the AWD VR6 Atlas CrossSport.
VW makes changes to the GTI, Jetta GLI, and Golf R as well. There'll be a new 40th Anniversary Edition GTI, and we'll have details on that soon. Base GTI S models all get LED headlights, LED foglights, and "minor cosmetic changes." The R is much the same story, getting a new 20th Anniversary Edition (again, details to come), and some more of those "minor cosmetic changes" that VW has not yet elaborated on. The GLI is now also offered in a single, loaded Autobahn trim, unlike the GTI's S, SE, and Autobahn trim levels. As a brief aside, the base Jetta now gets remote start with no futher major updates.
VW's electric ID. 4 will be getting changes, but all VW had to say for now was that "more details regarding the locally-produced MY23 ID.4 EV will be announced soon." The Taos and Tiguan have new updates for 2023 as well. The Tiguan has by far the most minor updates thus far. A new set of 19-inch black wheels for the SR R-Line Black model.
The Taos on the other hand, gets forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitors, and rear traffic alert as standard. The S 4Motion trim gets new 18-inch wheels, ID. DRIVE is now standard on SE models, and SEL models can now get the panoramic sunroof standard.
These might not read like a ton of incredibly important changes, but the number of now-standard features here is staggering. Hopefully, that translates to overall nicer cars for VW's American buyers.